Terrestrial environment

Four years of free-air CO2 enrichment enhance soil C concentrations in aChinese wheat field

ZHONG Shuang , LIANG Wenju , LOU Yilai , LI Qi , ZHU Jianguo


Received October 24, 2008,Revised February 09, 2009, Accepted , Available online

Volume 21,2009,Pages 1221-1224

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Elevated atmospheric CO2 can influence soil C dynamics in agroecosystems. The e ects of free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) and N fertilization on soil organic C (Corg), dissolved organic C (DOC), microbial biomass C (Cmic) and soil basal respiration (SBR) were investigated in a Chinese wheat field after expose to elevated CO2 for four full years. The results indicated that elevated CO2 has stimulative e ects on soil C concentrations regardless of N fertilization. Following the elevated CO2, the concentrations of Corg and SBR were increased at wheat jointing stage, and those of DOC and Cmic were enhanced obviously across the wheat jointing stage and the fallow period after wheat harvest. On the other hand, N fertilization did not significantly a ect the content of soil C. Significant correlations were found among DOC, Cmic, and SBR in this study.

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